Ballet season in the Brazos Valley has begun, and dancers are eagerly awaiting the results of Nutcracker auditions. Pointe shoe ribbons are being sewn, and dance bags are being cleaned out in preparation for a busy fall. This is the time of year that teachers live for; just before the hustle and bustle of the start of class. They are able to go over their curricula, refresh their playlists, and dream of the magic that is about to happen in the season ahead.
When considering where to send your young ballerina for their dance education, there are many factors to consider. ‘Will my child receive sound technique training? Will their teacher give them enough attention? Will they feel encouraged to continue dancing? Will the teacher know when my dancer is ready to safely dance en pointe?’. All valid questions, and Pure Energy can answer each one of them with a resounding ‘YES!’. With classical ballet instruction on the schedule four days a week, the ballet program at Pure Energy in Bryan should be at the top of your list of dance studios in Bryan/College Station to consider.
The ballet teachers at Pure Energy take what they do very seriously. The future of the artform is on their shoulders, not to mention the health and budding technique of their young students! Each one of them spends hours each week preparing for their classes, tracking the progress of each student, and watching for any potential problems that need solving. Our teachers come to the table with not only their own dance training, but with years of guided observation under the eye of master technicians. They are highly educated in how to teach your dancer how to perform the steps, but also how to identify and correct improper technique, saving your young ballerina from injury. Their fall semester always begins with a thorough review of our ballet curriculum, to make sure that there is consistency in the instruction that each student receives, no matter what level in which they’re placed.
Pure Energy does utilize traditional ballet levels, with a few classes that are exclusive to Pure Energy dancers. We offer “Technique Enhancement” classes, which allow younger dancers the opportunity to learn alongside more advanced ballerinas. We have had great success blending classes for intensive technique work. The value of having younger dancers learning in the same space as those who are further ahead developmentally does more than just build a sense of community. It gives our younger dancers a tangible goal, and our more advanced dancers a sense of responsibility to the lower levels. Knowing that a young ballerina is watching you, hoping to someday be just as graceful as you is a priceless motivator for upper level ballerinas.
Advanced technique work is key to the success of any ballet student. If a dancer stops trying to be stronger, they stop advancing. Our instructors take measures to ensure that no dancer in their care plateaus. Our ballet staff is committed to their own continuing education, attending workshops and classes on their own time, so that they can always have a wealth of fresh ideas to help their students continue to grow stronger, and more flexible.
When it comes to pointe work, no student will be permitted to dance in pointe shoes without the express approval of the Ballet Mistress, Jenny Oliphint, and the supervision of the team of upper level ballet instructors. Even after being approved to begin pointe work once dancers have been fitted and have purchased their shoes (check out our favorite pointe shoe outfitter here), each new pointe student must put their shoes on with their teacher, who will supervise to assess their student’s understanding of how to properly prepare their feet and ankles for class. Teachers and assistants are vigilant, always ready to intervene with technique correction, or a suggestion on how dancers can dance more effectively through their pointe shoes.
Ballet class is more than simply learning to dance. History must be passed on, legends need to be told, and an entire language must be taught to the next generation of ballerinas. Every class spends time learning not only how to perform the steps, but why they have the pretty French name that they do, what that name translates to in English, and a little bit of the history behind the steps themselves. Ballet originated in the French royal court, yes. But it continues to evolve to this day, and without knowing where you began, it’s hard to have a clear vision for where you’re going.
Speaking of going places, you can expect to see our ballerinas out and about much more this year. Pure Energy has launched a brand new Performance Company, and we are so excited! In addition to public performance opportunities, ballerinas who will be dancing in the Performance Company can expect to absorb more choreography throughout the year. Learning to retain choreography quickly is similar to learning to more effectively use a muscle: the more you stretch and push yourself, the stronger and more flexible you will be. Dancers that participate in performing companies tend to have a larger capacity for quickly retaining new information, which is handy in the dance world, yes. But it pays off dividends in the classroom as well. We’ve seen it time and time again: the dancers who are in the studio the most, typically have higher test scores when final exam time rolls around.
We are so excited to begin the dance year with your dancer! Space is limited, so secure a spot for your ballerina by calling the studio, or visiting our registration page today.